One day while combing local resale shops, I honed in on a small coffee table that had a lot of potential. It had a pineapple base, and a raw plywood top. It was very shaky, but for $15.00, I decided to take a chance on it! I brought it home and my husband was able to firm it up with some dowel rods and a lot of Gorilla Glue. http://www.gorillaglue.com/ If you have never heard of Gorilla Glue, you are missing out. I am here to tell you, I would hang from a 100 foot pole glued together with Gorilla Glue! The stuff is awesome! I have glued tile, brick, wood, metal...almost anything you can imagine with this stuff. This is a secret weapon for "trashy" girls like me!
I brought my little beauty home and went to work. As I mentioned the top of it was raw wood, so I knew I had to put some type of texture on it. Based on my product knowledge, I decided to use Smooth Absorbent Texture by Proceed. http://www.proceedsystem.com/ In my creative opinion, this table called for crocodile. I used a crocodile stencil that I purchased at Epic Paint. (they have a great selection!)
As you can see in the first picture, my dog, Sookie, wanted in on the action! She helps me a lot! Sookie is 8 months old, this is what she looked like when we brought her home:
After the entire top was covered with the crocodile texture, I sanded it down where the stencil overlapped to create a smooth, even surface. Next I base coated it with a metallic paint by Modern Masters http://modernmasters.com/default.asp called Tequila gold. I painted the bottom pineapple with Tequila Gold as well. I also used English Brown, and Warm Silver (my fave) on different parts of the table to create contrast. With the help of Lucy, my trowel, I applied dark wax so it would settle in the crocodile crevices. I also added faux nail heads all the way around the table. Several coats of polyurethane later, the table was finished.
Got any junk stories of your own? I would love to hear about them! Also, there are some girls who love junk as much as I do...check them out, they have a neat story! The Junk Gypsies
Have a great day!